Comments: Great shoe. i come from a nike air max background a few years back, and the pounding was getting worse and worse on my herniated L4 and L5 discs. finally decided to go minimalist but was not ready as my achilles tendon and soles had not toughened enough, so i went with a newton transitional shoe (distancia) that cut the pounding but still had a higher heel by 4mm, so i wasn still getting a wisp of the heel touching the pavement. But worse, and i thought better at the time, was the extra cushioning the newtons have...what this led me to do was just as they say, continue to hit hard on my feet when i landed and i sensed my back pain could be cut even further if i went full on minimalist. Hence this shoe, which is 0 to 0 on differential from front to back shoe bottom. it is super light, very little cushioning which, even after over a year of the newton transitional shoe, made my foot and achilles work a bit, and the shoe made me work at running in the proper way, not pounding through over-cushioned shoes. The result was after my first run in them, despite very slightly sore achilles and soles, my back felt a lot better as i had to work to cut back on relying on over cushioned shoes. A run-on story mostly for those just entering minimalist running...but the point is these are the shoes i've chosen and they really are wonderful...not only in fit, comfort and looks, but in the result of allowing me to run minimalist properly and not injure my spine from over pounding. it appears these may be discontinued...if there is no replacement with 0 to 0 heel to toe height...i will go to another brand...but i hope NB has an offering by then.
From: Michael, Lake Balboa, CA, USA
Comments: Shoe looks good and the fit (10D) is fantastic for me, an asian chinese. Comfortable enough for me to run sockless with it. Did a couple of 5-7km road runs with it and feels great, but the shoe is so mininalist that I don't think it will last too long
From: Freddie, Singapore
Comments: I am about to buy my third pair of the mr00's an I can not say enough about them! I am on a limit on time so if have a normal width foot, and want to go minimal, get these shoes. They fit snug and are just brilliant. And to people saying these shoes hurt the outside of their feet, its your foot strike. You are landing on the outside of your feet and rolling inward. To get to the minimalist style run, you have to greatly reduce this. It isn't hard, just focus on it when you run. You will eventually drastically stop most of the over rolling and that is where the holes and pain is coming from. I have over 500 miles on my first pair and the holes started forming just after the state track meet. And the toe box is too small? Its a snug, lightweight shoe, why would they waste materials andsnugness on making a bigger toe box? Anyway love the shoes and cannot get enough of them. But we need more colors!!!
From: Dustin, Covington, Ohio. US
Comments: Loved the look and feel of the shoe as a recovery from my daily trainer the Altra Adam or Luna Huaraches but sadly even with the 2E width the overlay that drops right behind the lateral-side ball of the foot on both feet got some monster blistering on my second sockless run. Was going to give them another try with socks but the following day the blisters still hurt just walking barefoot and couldn't imagine the socks doing much. So I had to return them... I think if you aren't having hotspot issues like this it's a decent minimalist option from a big brand company. Sadly the Altra Adam is still the finest minimalist/barefoot-ish option on the market (which came out over a year ago). Can't wait for Brooks and Nike to get in the mix, good job NB!
From: Chris, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Comments: Update from my previous review -- while I do like these shoes, the upper has failed on both shoes at the outside and inside ball of the foot. This began at about 200 miles and at about 250 there are holes big enough to put my finger through. Before the holes developed the inner silky nylon linning failed at these same points on the inside.
From: Jereme, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Comments: Follow-up from my last review... did another 15 miler this weekend with absolutely zero problems. Run is still smooth and silent as ever. Was on the fence but will 100% be running in these in my next race.
From: Dennie, Cambridge, MA, USA
Comments: Finished a variety of runs in these over the past 2 weeks, transitioning from a very worn down pair of the original Minimum Trails. Right off the bat I noticed the ridge in the midfoot - but only on my right foot, oddly enough. Fortunately, it's never perceptibly interfered with my run. However, after my longest run in these shoes (15mi) i noticed significant tightness/cramping in the muscles on either side of my midfoot. Not sure if this was due to the shoe being narrow or my feet not being used to a true zero-drop. Overall, though, I love the shoe and unless I continue to have these problems on long runs they will be my workhorses. At the very least, they are great for shorter/faster runs.
From: Dennie, Cambridge, MA, USA
Comments: The shoes arrived today and they feel awesome! they run very smooth on the road and in the grass. They look awesome! They are so light! I recommend them to anyone who does crossfit, runs, or sprints!
From: Kyle, Savannah, GA, USA
Comments: Like many of the previous comments, I noticed that the NL-1 last they are using in the shoe is quit narrow which resulted in my foot hanging over the medial side of the last. Normally, this would have been a deal killer for me as the overhang would promote unnecessary pronation, but due to the low stack height the overhang of my foot didn't cause any noticeable pronation to occur.
The toe box is incredibly voluminous and felt great while walking, but I did notice a hard ridge/ring around the exterior part of the footbed where the upper met the sole. I took the MR00's out for a slow 5 miler, however 3 miles into the run the hard ring around the footbed started to manifest itself via a sharp sting on the lateral side of my left pinky. After another half mile it became evident that I would not be able to finish the run. I've never had a problem with blistering before, but these shoes produced several blood blisters on my fist and fifth metatarsals that were caused by my toes rubbing up against the hard ridge/ring of the footbed. Luckily after calling NB customer service they agreed to give me store credit on their online store in exchange for me mailing them my used pair. My advice to all is to order the 2E even if you are a normal D size width...or just buy a different shoe!
From: Marc, Charlotte, NC, USA
Comments: Really love the kicks, they are so low to the ground and really help me from transitioning from a heel striker to a mid foot striker I must say. When you first get the shoes It'll feel like your foot is a little off the edge but don't worry its perfectly normal. Just i wanted to wear 9.5 with no socks but its with socks so if you want no socks choose .5 smaller and with socks true to size. Word, Happy Running!
From: Luke, Fort Drum, NY, USA
Comments: I love these shoes. For me the fit is perfect. I have wide feet (and high arches) and the D was fine. Did a 9 mile progression run to test them out and had no issues. These will be my new tempo, speed work and racing shoes and I'm looking at the 730's as a recovery shoe. 2 thumbs up!!!
From: Jereme, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Comments: I had the same problem as Rik and Ken. The TR00 fits just perfect but the MR00 is to narrow under the arch so that the middle of my foot was hanging off the sides. I by no means have a big foot. I image unless you have a really narrow foot you are going to have the same problem. Running in the MR00 gave a weird pressure on the sides of the foot were my foot was hanging over the side. So if New Balanced widened the foot bed in the middle this shoe would be perfect. In the meantime I will stick with my Altra Instinct shoes which have plenty of room.
From: Josh, Dallas, Texas, USA
Comments: The good news: zero drop. The bad news: they hurt my feet i have runs of 4, 18, 10 and 6 miles in this shoe and i am always happy to get them off. i agree with Rik from RI, they are too tight through the mid-foot and i experience uncomfortable ridges underfoot resulting from midsole pushing up into the foot overhanging a narrow footbed. What's up with the banana shaped shoe?
After all the hype i am disappointed with the entire NB minimus line. i have purchased 5 minimus shoes and honestly the only pair that have not disappointed is the New Sky which is not a bad minimalist running shoe disguised as a casual shoe.
Bottom line: i really wanted to love this shoe and maybe run Boston in it but it's not making the trip. if you are looking for a zero drop with some cushioning pick up the Merrell Bare Access (for less bucks) which will be traveling to Hopkinton with me this year.
From: Ken, KC, MO, USA
Comments: Worried about fit or toe box room? Or support? Just wanted to let you know---I bought 3 pairs all at once---looking for right fit. The Trail, the MROO 11 2E and the MR00 11.5 D, and both were still too narrow, not in the toe box, but in the curve under the arch. Very narrow passageway from heel up into toe box. I could feel the sides and a bump under both left and right pads on each foot in the shoes. SO they went back, sadly so, because they were light and soft. BUT, the trail 11.5 D is a perfect fit. Go figure. Different last perhaps?
I wore the 11.5 and it was wide all the way, yes, a bit loose because I bought up one half size, but that is my idiosyncrasy, I like a loose fit. Roads or trails or grass, no problems for me. Thought I would be able to sense those bumps in the tread, but not at all. Light as a feather, and more toe box room than my Hattori's by far. I had to razor cut my Hattori's in several places to provide the toe box flex and space I needed. I tested MTOO on grass, rocks, hard packed cinder, and all were okay. Did not try rain covered cliffs or river beds.Did the flex and lightness and absence of support bother me? Not at all, but be careful, I have been running nearly bare for 2 years, and it takes real discipline ( no more than a mile a day for two weeks, then 2 miles a day for two more, no kidding) and some eccentric Achilles drops to ensure a smooth patient transition from cushioned shoes. And I had to learn not to land on just forefoot, but whole foot in a sequence.
From: Rik, RI USA
Comments: I bought these having first tried the women's NB 730s, which were too squishy underfoot for me and a little narrow in the toe box (I have fairly wide feet for a girl so usually buy men's shoes) - and, annoyingly, have no way of securing the tongue to the laces to stop it sliding around. I was a bit put off when I first put on the MR00s by the feeling of the sole rising up in the corner by my right big toe, but the sensation went away while running and didn't give me a blister as I'd feared. The green is brighter and better looking than it appears in photos. Compared to my Saucony Hattoris, which I run in a lot, these feel slightly less cushioned and a bit wider by the little toe. I was surprised by how soft the vibram rubber is on the sole, so hope they hold up ok as the miles add up. They feel very comfortable barefoot, but the ankle comes up a bit too high for me at the back and rubbed my achilles raw on the first run. They definitely don't interfere at all with a forefoot/midfoot strike, as you'd expect. Overall, very happy with these shoes so far!
From: Heather, Ohio, USA